Jake Rayson Rayson

Freelance blogger (not sure if paid?)

<p>A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology). </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions. </p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS. </p>

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Hush hush GPG

Hush hush GPG

I'm in the midst of Top Secret work again, because my life is incredibly, nay, unbearably exciting. The client had to send over some Sensitive Material, and rather than just leave it on the bus on USB stick for me to pick up later, they've decided to encrypt it using GPG (or GNU Privacy Guard), an Free variation on PGP.

October 8, 2009 by in Developer

Set your folders to synch

Set your folders to synch

My modest library of home movies in uncompressed AVI format have had to make way for proper work. This has meant backing up all my photos and movies, and then embarking upon a spot of synchronisation on my lusty, Ubuntu-driven ThinkPad X60s.

August 13, 2008 by in Developer

Too slow, Firefox, too slow

Too slow, Firefox, too slow

Of late, many of my organisational computational tools are online (Google Apps for company email, contacts, calendar and presentations; WordPress, Eventbrite, MailChimp, Google Analytics, bit.ly, Vimeo, and DreamHost panel for my website; Remember The Milk todo manager, NetVibes feed reader, online banking, Flickr for my blog… you get the idea).

March 22, 2011 by in Developer

PortableApps.com

PortableApps.com

Of late I have been working for The Ministry, a top-secret department located in the heart of our country’s great government. The secrecy and security extends to their locked-down IT policy, as I’ve highlighted elsewhere.

May 20, 2008 by in Developer

Tiny tip

Tiny tip

If you separate your coding names using an underscore rather than a dash (eg class_name as opposed to class-name), most text editors will treat the underscore as part of one word, and thus makes it easier to select with a double-click.

July 14, 2008 by in Developer